New Album - Pussycat - Artwork, Tracklist announced - plus live shows in April 2017

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New Album - Pussycat - Artwork, Tracklist announced - plus live shows in April 2017

The new album details are here!

It's called Pussycat and is due for release on April 21, 2017.

The press release:

“I wasn’t planning on making a record,” says Juliana Hatfield, of her new “Pussycat” album. In fact, she thought her songwriting career was on hiatus, and that she had nothing left to say in song form; that she had finally said it all after two decades as a recording artist.

But then the presidential election happened. “All of these songs just started pouring out of me. And I felt an urgency to record them, to get them down, and get them out there.” She booked some time at Q Division studios in Somerville, Massachusetts near her home in Cambridge and went in with a drummer (Pete Caldes), an engineer (Pat DiCenso) and fourteen brand-new songs. Hatfield produced and played every instrument other than drums—bass, keyboards, guitars, vocals. From start to finish—recording through mixing—the whole thing took a total of just twelve and a half days to complete.

“It was a blur. It was cathartic,” says Hatfield. “I almost don’t even understand what happened in there, or how it came together so smoothly, so quickly. I was there, directing it all, managing it, getting it all done, but I was being swept along by some force that was driving me. The songs had a will, they forced themselves on me, or out of me, and I did what they told me to do. Even my hands—it felt like they were not my hands. I played bass differently-- looser, more confident, better.”

“Pussycat” comes on the heels of last year’s Hatfield collaboration with Paul Westerberg, the I Don’t Cares’ “Wild Stab” album, and before that, 2015’s Juliana Hatfield Three (“My Sister”, “Spin The Bottle”) reunion/reformation album, “Whatever, My Love”.

“I’ve always been prolific and productive and I have a good solid work ethic but this one happened so fast, I didn’t have time to think or plan,” says Hatfield. “I just went with it, rode the wave. And now it is out of my hands. It feels a little scary.”

”Pussycat” is being released into a very tense, divided and inflamed America. The songs are reflective of that atmosphere—angry (“When You’re A Star”), defiant (“Touch You Again”), disgusted (“Rhinoceros”), but also funny (“Short-Fingered Man”), reflective (“Wonder Why”), righteous (“Heartless”) and even hopeful (“Impossible Song”, with its chorus of ‘What if we tried to get along/and sing an impossible song’).

The artwork:

The tracklist:

  1. I Wanna Be Your Disease
  2. Impossible Song
  3. You're Breaking My Heart
  4. When You're A Star
  5. Good Enough For Me
  6. Short-Fingered Man
  7. Touch You Again
  8. Sex Machine
  9. Wonder Why
  10. Sunny Somewhere
  11. Kellyanne
  12. Heartless
  13. Rhinoceros
  14. Everything Is Forgiven

The pre-order info:

Orders are being taken now for Vinyl, CD and Cassette(!) at American Laundromat Records: alr-music.com/collections/catalog/products/juliana-hatfield-pussycat.

The US East Coast Tour in April 2017:

April 23 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
April 24 Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
April 25 Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
April 26 NYC, NY – Mercury Lounge

This page will update if any further shows are announced.

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Rough Trade Publishing Unveils Benefit Campaign for Southern Poverty Law Center | Billboard

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Rough Trade Publishing Unveils Benefit Campaign for Southern Poverty Law Center | Billboard

Lars Brandle, writing for Billboard:

It's been a tough, strange and oft-brutal year by any measure. Rough Trade Publishing is determined to get the New Year off to the right start.

The music publisher today declares “war on complacency” through its music-led, fundraising project "2017: A Song a Day Keeps the Pain Away."

The winter-warming initiative will feature a previously-unreleased song from one of the label’s roster of artists released each day for the first 90 days of 2017 via Bandcamp.

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Subscriptions begin at $20.17 and all proceeds will be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and seeking justice for those who need it the most.

Juliana is one of the artists involved.

The project's site is roughtradepublishing.bandcamp.com

Update, Jan 4, 2017 - Juliana's song is titled "Kellyanne" and is available now.

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My So-Called Life Cast Interviews - Wilson Cruz, Devon Gummersall and More Reflect on My So-Called Life

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My So-Called Life Cast Interviews - Wilson Cruz, Devon Gummersall and More Reflect on My So-Called Life

Juliana is one of several contributors to Elle's The Agony and the Angst: An Oral History of My So-Called Life:

I remember Jared kind of following me around on set and watching me a lot. I think he was interested in me as a person who made a living in music; he really wanted to make music and I got that sense that he was really serious about it. We kind of became pals after that. He was in my apartment a couple times in New York, just hanging out, and he would pick up my acoustic guitar and start singing and playing, and I would just kind of swat him away. I didn't think his music was going to go anywhere. Like, oh god, another actor with a guitar.

 

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Lightning 100 - Blake Babies Perform Waiting For Heaven and Lament

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Lightning 100 - Blake Babies Perform Waiting For Heaven and Lament

Missed this from a couple of weeks ago (Oct 14, 2016). A radio session / interview with two thirds of Blake Babies. Lightning 100, Nashville:

Juliana Hatfield and John Strohm stopped by the ONErpm studio to catch up with Ana Lee before their show at The Basement East. John gives a personal shout out to Phoebe Bridgers, the history of Blake Babies, and their reunion show. Blake Babies perform an acoustic version of “Waiting For Heaven” and “Lament” live in the studio.

Listen at Lightning 100.

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